Vicky-Ann and Fliss from South West London and Surrey Zines, ’ a new group of zine writers and readers from South of The River dedicated to preserving zines and DIY culture’, will give an informal talk on SW London and Surrey Zines: how the collective began and how it works. We are delighted to welcome Vicky-Ann and Fliss, who are travelling to Bradford especially for Bradford Baked Zine week. They will also be talking about their own zines, which will be available in the shop all week.
An excellent talk last night by Manchester based writer Natalie Bradbury on her zine Shrieking Violet, followed by an impromtu question and answer session on the many aspects of the content, style and distribution of the zine. We had time afterwards for a short open discussion on zines and self-publishing, in which issues of politics and asethetics of zinemaking were addressed. An enlightening and thought-provoking evening. Many thanks to Natalie for her presentation and to all who came along and participated!
Wednesday 15th May: Martyn Johnston from HowDO?! magazine in conversation with curator Caroline Hick
Bradford Baked Zines, 13 Market Street BD1 1LN
5pm – 6pm (event re-scheduled from Wednesday 15th May)
As Issue 11 ( The Collector’s Edition) hits the streets, Martyn Johnston, founder of HowDo?! grassroots Bradford cultural magazine, in conversation with curator Caroline Hick, about the ethos and evolution of HowDo?! and his approach to self-publishing and the future direction for the magazine. This event ties in with the current exhibition at Bradford University Gallery II HowDo?! Off The Page: Appraisal, Celebration and the Future?! which celebrates the achievements of the magazine, from its first issue in December 2011 and invites its readership and visitors to the space to come and talk about their creative projects and ideas, to map and profile artists, venues, projects, promoters and organisations currently active in the city, to share ideas, make things and copy swap.
There are a number of copies of Issue 11 available to buy from Bradford Baked Baked Zines, for just £3.
Claire Potter is a writer, performer and editor. Her work discusses and embodies the symbiotic relationship between reading and writing in terms of performativity, and asks what an act of live publishing might look and sound like given audience sensitivity and context. For Bradford’s Baked Zines Claire will produce a live typed text that will be included in her forthcoming book, Furniture.
2 – 3.30pm ‘It’s common, but we don’t talk about it’; personal writing, zines and autobiography
What makes a good per-zine? Why use a pen name? What happens when you share your darkest secrets in your zines? What subjects would we never write about?
In the grand tradition of per-zines we’ll be over sharing our experiences of writing about the personal in this informal, round table event. Including zine readings, discussion and a chance to ask your questions. You are welcome to bring along your own personal writing to read and share.
With Rachel Kaye, Catriona Simons and Em Ledger.
Rachel Kaye started an ill advised, long term love affair with zines when she was 14 and published Toast and Jam – collected stories of surviving eating disorders. Since then she has sporadically published Footsteps in the Dark, a per-zine (and now a blog) of whispered secrets, as well as contributing to various collective zines and live blogging for grown up arts conferences. She writes about gender, sex, class, politics, mental health and art. She is still making everything up as she goes along.
Catriona Simons is a Bradford based twenty something mum of three who makes, among other things, zines about life, love, guilt, parenting, food and knitting. She is a part time shopkeeper, sewing teacher and full time craft addict. In the past she has been part of the Claptrap and Loosely Bound zine collectives, and has helped to organize various craft and zine events. Her past titles include ‘letters to my teenage self’, ‘guilty’, ‘polaroids’ and ‘inky mess’ – a zine for children.
Em Ledger was one of the founding members of Lola and the Cartwheels a DIY queer/feminist collective based in Sheffield. She curated ‘The World’s A Mess and Yr My Only Cure’ zine and took Sister Spit on European tour. In 2011 she set up her own business, Get Busy; an independent women’s street wear store. Her latest zine project is Poor Lass edited in collaboration with Seleena Daye which publishes real talk about being working class. She writes about preciousness and feelings intertwined with adventures, friendships, music, tv and film, growing up and running her own business
ArtistTalk: Louisa Parker: Saturday 18th May 1.30 – 2pm
Bradford Baked Zines: 13 Market Street, Bradford
Artist Louisa Parker discusses her current phD research into drawing, comics and self -publishing. Louisa is a practice led PhD researcher at Loughborough University. Her project, Small Stories explores graphic narratives based in women’s lived experiences, producing visual material which engages ‘known’ histories with the overlooked details of women’s lives. Her work adapts the communicative conventions of comics as social commentary and is self published for wider dissemination and accessibility. She has written and drawn about (among other things) mental ill health and its treatments, nurses past and present, mother and daughterhood and violence against women. She is an active member of the international comics and zines forum Laydeezdocomics
Rachel Newsome, writer, academic and director of Don’t Tell Stories which curates narrative-based experiences and situations, will be reading from one of her dark fables which explore the pendulum swing between the dark interior of the human psyche and the search for light. Her individual stories will shortly be available through Beetroot Books http://www.beetrootbooks.com/section/73/1/rachel-newsome-
Friday, 17th May, 6.30pm – 7pm, 13 Market Street, Bradford
Brian Lewis from Sheffield based poetry publisher Longbarrow Press, will give a short talk on the aesthetics and ethics of self-publishing poetry. Longbarrow Press publishes poems by Angelina Ayers, James Caruth, Matthew Clegg, Kelvin Corcoran, Mark Goodwin, Lee Harwood, Rob Hindle, Andrew Hirst, Chris Jones, Fay Musselwhite, Alistair Noon and Peter Riley. Titles range across various formats, including pamphlets, boxes and CDs; many are designed and produced by hand, some in limited editions. The ethos governing the output of the press is that the poem should dictate the format of publication. The resulting objects – matchboxes, acetates, maps – allow poet and publisher to explore alternatives to the book without resorting to gimmickry. Brian says of the attention given to each publication:
“‘Craft’ is an expression of care. It’s a simple ethic that has guided the press from the outset: the most important element in each production is care. If you don’t care sufficiently about the thing that you are making, then the audience cannot be expected to care about it either. The growing interest in craft-based practices suggests that there is something missing from industrialised ‘culture’. A pamphlet is a physical object, and it is important to understand the physical interaction of each of the component parts before you put it all together; making pamphlets by hand is a slow process, but it’s much more rewarding for the producer and, hopefully, the audience.”
Bradford -based husband and wife small press super duo Black Pyramid Press lead a free drop -in collage workshop
Saturday 18th May, Bradford Baked Zines, 13 Market Street
12-2pm: all welcome
Collage is great for those of us who struggle with the more traditional disciplines of drawing and painting, and perfect for anyone who has the creative urge but is worried that they don’t have technical ability. And don’t let anyone tell you that it is not artistically valid, either. Collage has been used to make some of history’s most interesting works of art from the music scores of Jakob Ulman, Julie Cockburn’s constructed photography, to the intriguing and beautiful pieces of Robert Rauschenberg. Collage is a fun way to make your own thing from something already in existence. Destroy, subvert, create!